The author of this exposition of 2 Corinthians proposes a reading of Paul's letter that is different from most standard interpretations. Employing a thorough feminist perspective, especially inspired bu the work of Elizabeth Schussler Fiorenza, Fox, assistant professor of religion at Bethany College, Kansas, "decenters" Paul's viewpoint and his claim to authority manifest in the letter and imagines how other voices such as women and Paul's opponents in the community might have responded to Paul's assertions. This is a creative approach that challenges the usual pattern of interpretation of Paul's theology as having its own normative role within the New Testament.
Fox's clear prose, solid grasp of scholarship, and creative historical work are compelling and prompt readers to reconsider the normativity of Paul’s perspective and to envision the women of the Corinthian ekklēsia as shaping, leading, and participating in the diverse and dynamic community of Christ followers in first-century Corinth. This book belongs on the shelf of any reader concerned with ethically and historically viable interpretations of Paul’s letters.
This monograph is an important addition to the scholarship on 2 Corinthians. It presents fresh insights and opens new areas of exploration. F.’s examination of the rhetoric of the letter is nuanced, comprehensive, and compelling. The extent of her engagement with the scholarship and her thorough documentation are particular strengths of this study. In addition, F.’s creative use of the avatars encourages readers to consider how Corinthian women influenced Paul’s writing and may have reacted to it. She promotes multiple interpretations that have been overlooked in the scholarship. By reading 2 Corinthians with the Corinthian women, as the title suggests, F. has succeeded in decentering Paul and centering the Corinthian community.